In this article, we have listed the top Bollywood horror films which you can catch up on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
Horror, as a genre has never been given its due in the Hindi Film Industry. Even after its hundred and seven years of existence, Hindi Cinema has still not made a bonafide horror flick. Horror has always been diluted (mixed) with other genres such as comedy (Golmaal Again, Stree, Bhool Bhulaiyya) or romance/erotica (Vikram Bhatt films). The primary reason for doing this is to boost the commercial viability of the movie as Horror is not considered a family-friendly genre. However, Bollywood has created some credible horror films in the past which will definitely send chills down your spine. So what are you waiting for, let’s have a look:
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Tumbbad is probably the best horror movie, Bollywood has ever produced. It has amazing set-designs which help in maintaining the atmosphere and the mood of the movie. The film has an engaging screenplay and tells a tale of morality and greed with utmost beauty. It has several bone-chilling moments which will surely keep you at the edge of your seats.
Director: Rahi Anil Barve
Cast: Sohum Shah, Ronjini Chakraborty, Jyoti Malshe.
IMDb Rating: 8.3
Bhoot is as a horror-classic in Bollywood. It was the first film to break the stereotypes or conventional troupes used in horror movies. The movie had no songs, a trend, considered path-breaking at that time. The film has several jump scares which would surely make you feel terrified.
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Urmila Mandotkar, Rekha, and Nana Patekar.
IMDb Rating: 6.5
100 Days (1991)
100 Days is a mystery-thriller having supernatural elements. Though the movie is a remake, it is well adapted for the Hindi-speaking audience. The film has its moments and genuinely takes the audience to the edge of their seats. It is a horror movie made differently. One you can watch from a change.
Director: Partho Ghosh
Cast: Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit and Munmun Sen
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Darna Mana Hai(2003)
Darna Mana Hai brought freshness in the cliché filled horror genre. It is an anthology which effectively combines horror elements. The movie deserves applause for its innovative storytelling and cohesive narration.
Director: Prawaal Raman
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Sameera Reddy, Nana Patekar, Shilpa Shetty, and Vivek Oberoi.
IMDb Rating: 6.3
Pari deserves to be praised for its atmospheric and moody storytelling. It should be lauded for being focused on the narrative and not having any deviations such as songs or comic elements, which are commonly found in these movies. The movie is technically very strong with effective cinematography and tight editing.
Director: Prosit Roy
Cast: Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, and Mansi Multani.
IMDb Rating: 6.6
Well, I know that I said Vikram Bhatt dilutes the horror genre with erotica, but it is not the case with 1920. He manages to bring in a certain freshness to the proceedings. The movie has an engaging screenplay. The cinematography is minimal and effective. Overall, an engaging horror film.
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Cast: Rajneesh Duggal, Adah Sharma, and Rakhi Sawant.
IMDb Rating: 6.4
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Pihu is an example of “how experimental cinema can be entertaining as well.” Pihu is a solid film and holds the attention of the audience from the first scene itself. The movie never feels draggy even for a moment and is truly an engaging watch.
Director: Vinod Kapri
Cast: Pihu Myra, Rahul Bagga, and Prerna Vishwakarma.
IMDb Rating: 6.7
Bollywood has not really had great luck with the horror-comedy genre(Gangs of Ghosts, Tutak Tutak Tutiya…etc.) Stree definitely changes it. It is a layered film which provides a relevant message in an entertaining and engaging manner.
Director: Amar Kaushik
Cast: Rajkumar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakthi Khurrana, and Abhishek Banerjee.
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Ragini MMS (2011)
Ragini MMS is one of the rare films which fall under the category of “erotic-horror films done badly.” The movie offers some genuinely scary moments and has a decent screenplay which manages to hold the attention of the viewers. It would be a good one-time watch.
Director: Pawan Kripalani
Cast: Rajkumar Rao, Kainaz Motivala, and Vinod Rawat.
IMDb Rating: 4.9
Bollywood still has a long way to go in terms of making genre-defining and bonafide horror flicks but the above-mentioned movies are attempts in that direction. The list also indicates how the audiences have become receptive towards horror and are wanting original and fresh content in this cliché filled genre. Hope you liked the list, that’s it for now, till then happy bingeing.